I bought this game the day it came out (March 21). Oblivion has so far exceeded my expectations. The game is everything Bethesda promised and more. I'm interested to see what people think, since i've read some surprisingly negative speculation. Some of it's notable gameplay improvements over Morrowind include: -Bows are now actually a good weapon -Magic is no longer a waste of time, with higher magika regeneration and lowered spell costs -Spears, the most worthless weapons in Morrowind, are now gone -Several skills have been combined (Long and Short Blade have become Blade) allowing your character to have a less narrow band of skills. -Instant travel is free, and cities and dungeons are marked on your world map and can be traveled to instantly -The geometry-based combat system now allows a fair amount of room for skill in fighting, not just your stats.